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Searsmont pride

More than 800 Searsmont voters went to the polls or submitted absentee ballots this Election Day, nearly three out of every four eligible voters. They kept coming all day, filled the parking area, and did the town proud. And they know how to pick winners.

Janet Mills got 404 votes to Paul LePage’s 383 for governor. Stanley Page Zeigler was chosen 414 to 377 for state representative and Chip Curry 426 to 365 over MaryAnne Kinney for state senator. Jared Golden got 407 votes compared with Bruce Poliquin’s 344 for Congress. And Jason Trundy beat out Todd Boisvert, 440 to 346, for sheriff.

Thanks go to Kathy Hoey and Contessa Mancini for their work making things go smoothly, as well as to nearly a dozen hard working ballot clerks and vote counters who treated voters with the appreciation and respect they each deserve.

Now Searsmonters get the chance to take a deep breath while the last national vote fights begin. Even the selectmen took a week off from meetings before they pick up again this week. Ah, the silence of no political ads, the calm of no political texts and emails, and the eye candy of no lawn signs.

Did we hear someone say “2024”?

Fire Department

Searsmont’s firefighters were called out nine times in October, and the town says “thank you” once again. Adults are always welcome to join this wonderful crew of volunteers. Chief James Ames and Assistant Chief Wayne Woodbury are pleased to announce that Belfast, Belmont and Morrill are joining with Searsmont to start another Junior Firefighters program in January for young men and women ages 14 to 18. Parental consent is required. Call James at 314-2927 or Wayne at 322-4972 to find out more about this free program.

Town Library

The book group meets on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. New members are welcome and the chosen book is Kim Michele Richardson’s “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.” It’s described as inspired by the true story of the 1930s Kentucky Pack Horse library service and as “a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and a woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere – even back home.” Sounds like a winner.

Speaking of books, new titles just in include Jeffrey Archer’s “Next in Line,” C.J. Box’s “Treasure State,” “The Boys from Biloxi” and “The Last Chairlift” from John Grisham and John Irving, respectively, Cormac McCarthy’s “The Passenger” and Jodi Picoult’s “Mad Honey.” Large Print titles include “Long Shadows” by David Baldacci,” “Back in the Garden” by Laurie R. King, and Maggie O’Farrell’s “The Marriage Portrait.” Kids and young people can enjoy “Farmhouse” by Sophie Blackall and an illustrated “Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix.”

Need a film on DVD? Just in are “The Green Planet,” The Hidden Fortress,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “The Searchers.” And there are 15 new music CDs including works by Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Dvorak, Gershwin, Barber and Copland.

Light Yoga is still going on every Tuesday morning at 10, the computers are lightning fast, there’s an ongoing job search and counseling program, a Van Gogh jigsaw puzzle is waiting to be completed and the chairs are comfortable. Come on down!

Bits and pieces

A shoutout to Friends of the Searsmont Library, who hold their annual meeting at the library on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. The group provides moral support, volunteer time and money to the library every year and deserves a hearty “thank-you” from the town.

These more-than-100-year-old maples came down on Lawry Road this month. Photo by Mickey Sirota

Road and power line safety are both important. But it is sad when “old friends” like a row of maples that have framed the view of Levenseller Mountain on Lawry Road (once called the Belfast-Union Road) for more than a century are cut down. We hope the wood gets a good home with a woodstove. They will be missed.

Next time you drive around town, take a look at the artistry of woodpiles. There are super-neat squared off piles, free-form piles, a beehive pile or two. There are piles covered with a tarp and piles left out in the cold. Any way you look at it, they mean warmth and hard work. Let’s hope they will only be half gone by New Year’s Day.

It’s getting dark much too early. And cold, too. So we didn’t get up at 4:30 a.m. to see last week’s lunar eclipse. A gold star to anyone who did.